Showing posts from August, 2011

In which I'm back from Elbe Hills, and horses mis-use the furniture

This is going to be a busy week:  making sure the kids are all ready to start school, coping with all the laundry that I brought back from the ride at Elbe Hills Challenge, and, of course, dealing with the Zucchini Problems that grew while I was gone for a week:To keep y'all entertained while I tunnel out from under my Domestic Responsibilities, here are a few videos that Sky and I took while teaching our horses an absolutely useless skill:

I'll be back tomorrow or so, with more adventures to relate.  Until then, I must emphasize that Sky and I are Trained Nutjobs, and we do not recommend that you teach your horse to climb on furniture!

In which I update stuff and then immediately leave for a week

Thanks, everyone, for your kind comments and questions about Pickles Marie Tinydog.  She continues to gain a little weight (ounces, not pounds) and is beginning to look less bald now.  Her battle with kennel cough continues, and she still snorfs a lot; she has almost finished a course of antibiotics and is improving.  The Floofs have shown no sign of illness; despite sharing the waterbowl with an obviously snuffy dog for more than two weeks, they are both bouncy and healthy.
 Meanwhile, back at the Farm, Jim has been adding conduit to the barn so that we can have some electricity there during the winter.  It will be decidedly "ghetto" at first--not the barn wiring itself, but rather the very long, heavy-duty extension cord we will run from the house to the barn until we can afford to bring electricity to the site properly.  Proper electricity probably won't happen before winter, but our daylight is already beginning to fade day-by-day, so lights and power to a water tank …

In which "World War Z" is NOT an apocolypse led by the zombies

It occurs to me that not everyone knows and appreciates the significance of zucchini. Here's stuff to know about zucchini: 
The Swamplandish climate is ideal for the growing of zucchiniEach zucchini seed packet contains about 15 seeds15 zucchini plants, planted in our ideal Swamplandish climate, will produce in an average season enough squash to feed the entired United States Armed Forces.  For about 4 years.Here's another thing about zucchini:  everybody plants it.

In fact, almost everybody plants all 15 seeds.  Which means that, every August, each and every household in the entire Swampland produces enough zucchini to feed the entire US Armed Forces (at home and abroad). 

The mathematicians among us have already figured out the problem:
Too many zukes.
What can be done with all this squash?

A normal family cannot possibly eat them all when they come ripe.  There is a limit to the amount of freezer room that anybody wants to designate for "shredded squash."  And al…

In which I muse about riding partners, and how to find a good one

I am lucky right now:  I have some of the best riding partners in the world. Somebody asked me recently:  "What makes a riding partner a good riding partner?"

I haven't always had good riding partners (and I'll only post photos of the good ones here).  My buddy Megan says that relationships are like waffles--everybody always burns the first 2 or 3.  She was talking about love/marriage relationships at the time, but I think the "waffle theory" applies to riding partner relationships also.

Let me tell you what I've learned about finding a good riding partner:
A good riding partner is happy to see you.  Even in the rain, even when s/he has had a crummy day so far, even when YOU have had a crummy day.  A good riding partner knows that a good ride will make everything better.

A good riding partner knows when to take a break for a few minutes
Berry picking (above) is a good reason to stop.  So are "sightings of Elvis" (below)...
 ...which occur when …

In which Pickles Marie and I kill some time by walking around town

Pickles is doing pretty well after a little more than a week at Haiku Farm.  
When she arrived at the shelter, she was covered in fleas, full of worms, lacking a bunch of hair, and desperately in need of an ovariectomy (spay).  PAWS took care of all that stuff, and then gave her to us at about half the cost of all those treatments.  Wow.
However, while recovering all of her former owners' neglect, and in the stressful environment of the shelter, Pickles picked up a crummy case of bordetella (kennel cough) and has been horking and snorfing for several days now.  While not a serious disease, kennel cough is highly contagious...and since she didn't show symptoms at first, we didn't isolate the floofy dogs when Pickles entered the house.   We expect to have a house full of phlegm very soon, sigh.
Still, life goes on.  Today, the truck needed brakes, and the trailer needed tires rotated.  Down I went to one of my favorite vendors:  Les Schwab Tires.  I know it's unusual for a …